UCL Research Ethics


Local Research Ethics Committees

Find information about the role of Local Research Ethics Committees (LRECs) at UCL, including details of approved LRECs and how to apply for LREC approval.

To support our work to reform research ethics at UCL, the Research Innovation and Global Engagement Committee (RIGEC) has approved a new governance structure.

From April 2024 a new LREC Chairs group will be established for the 24 Local Research Ethics Committees (LRECs) operating in faculties and departments, to facilitate the sharing of best practice and developing consistent approaches to emerging ethical issues

To apply for LREC approval please contact ethics@ucl.ac.uk.

Approved LRECs by Faculty

Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Arts and Humanities LREC
School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) LREC
  • Chair: Anne White (anne.white@ucl.ac.uk)
  • Further information: Information for applicants is included on the BA and MA dissertation Moodle pages and in the SSEES Almanac (for lecturers and PhD students)

The Bartlett

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) LREC
Development Planning Unit LREC
Institute for Global Prosperity LREC
Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) LREC
School of Planning LREC
Sustainable Construction LREC

Brain Sciences

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences (PaLS) LREC

The PaLS LREC reviews and approves low risk ethics applications for research with adult participants (18+) submitted by UCL staff PIs or postdoctoral researchers. All other applications should be submitted to the UCL Research Ethics Service for review.


Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) LREC
Computer Science LREC
School of Management LREC
Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) LREC
Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (MPBE) LREC

Institute of Education (IOE)



Faculty of Laws LREC

Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS)

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) LREC

The IRDR LREC reviews and approves low risk ethics applications for undergraduate and master’s research. PhD applications should be submitted to the UCL Research Ethics Service for review.

Population Health Sciences (FPHS)

Institute of Health Informatics LREC
Institute for Women's Health LREC

Social and Historical Sciences (SHS)

Anthropology LREC
SHS LREC (Economics, Geography, History of Art, Institute of Americas, and Institute of Advanced Studies)
History LREC
Institute of Archaeology LREC
Political Science LREC (Social and Historical Sciences)